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Maserati Quattroporte

Out of the shadows of Barrett-Jackson, a similar charity event was held at the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida recently. One of the auction pieces that drew frenzied bidding from the gathered crowd was a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte , one of the first production models of its kind to find an owner.

Having just made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show , the sixth-generation Quattroporte was one of the most-heavily bid-on items in the auction, generating an impressive total of $340,000. Apparently, being one of the first to own one of the early production models was more than enough reason for bidders to go gaga over it.

In the end, the $340,000 was an impressive amount, particularly because proceeds from the auction, including the amount generated from the 2014 Quattroporte auction, will benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation. All in all, the auction raised more than $8.5 million for a number of different charities, an endeavor that’s always marked with good tidings from everyone in the auto industry.

As for the new owner of the 2014 Quattroporte, you got a really good one, sir. The latest-generation Quattraporte is one awesome luxury car.

Source: Autoweek

When you are thinking about a BMW Isetta , impressive output is definitely the last thing you are taking under consideration. In fact, an original BMW Isetta only delivered a total of 13 horsepower, so nothing impressive here. With this in mind it is pretty much impossible to even consider a 730-horsepower Isetta, right?

Well, as impossible as it may sound, the guys over Hot Wheels unveiled back in 1998 the "Whatta Drag" — a car that initially started as a toy. Thanks to the amazing imagination of Bruce Weiner, the Isetta Whatta Drag became a reality in 2005. As you could imagine, this cool Whatta Drag only keeps the body shell from an original 1959 BMW Isetta, because everything else is pretty much new.

Under the hood, it gets a 502-cubic-inch Chevrolet big-block crate engine mated to a two-speed manual transmission. The V-8 engine is equipped with a BDS supercharger, twin Holley 750 CFM double-pumper carburetors and Zoomies exhaust headers. The result is a pretty amazing 730 horsepower — a number that seems monstrous for the tiny Isetta.

Next to that amazing output level, this special Isetta has been specially equipped for burnouts and donuts thanks to an AP balance bar incorporated into the dual-circuit disc-brake system. The Isetta-turned-dragster also received the suspension system from an M3 and custom drag-racing wheels with a Sumitomo HTRZ II tires.

If the car caught your attention, you will be happy to know it will be auctioned by RM Auctions on February 16, but prepare to shell out about $100k to acquire it.

Click past the jump to read the press release

Batmobile

The 2013 Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction hit a new high after organizers announced that the car auction generated almost $109 million in sales, a figure that represents a 17-percent increase from their 2012 numbers.

All in all, 1,343 cars were sold, generating a sum total of $108,766,069. Of those numbers, 21 charity cars were sold for $5,005,000.

The closest the auction came to this number was back in 2007. In addition to that staggering total, the event also attracted a record attendance that was made even more impressive by the unusually cold temperatures during the weekend. In total, over 300,000 people attended the event, proving that when it comes to auctioning off classic vehicles, there’s no such thing as an economic recession.

The 2013 Scottsdale auction also set two world records, including posting the largest number of “No Reserve” vehicles offered at one auction and the largest-ever Barrett-Jackson auction measured by the number of cars sold.

Suffice to say, the auction was a resounding success for Barrett-Jackson. You don’t stumble into $109 million over one weekend. You have to be good at what you do to hit that number. It sure helped that a lot of the cars auctioned off generated varying levels of bidding wars, but in the end, give credit to Barrett-Jackson for putting the whole thing together.

It’s safe to say that major auto auctions like the recent one held by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona are always a spectacle. It’s a playground for the rich auto enthusiasts to flex their financial muscles in an active bidding competition among their brethren to see who among them can scoop up their desired models.

Last weekend’s auction saw some pretty interesting models crossing the block and, while we’ve written about the final selling price generated by a number of the models being auctioned, we haven’t gone into detail on some of the more interesting vehicles auctioned off during the weekend-long event.

So we’re going to do this through a list because that’s generally how you can enumerate the models and have a rank for them based on what vehicle they are and how much interest they generated in the form of frenzied bids.

Check out our list of interesting auctioned cars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale after the jump.

Batmobile

Car collector Rick Champagne has every right pop open a bottle of his last name after becoming only the second owner of one of Hollywood’s most iconic cars. He had to sweat out a feverish bidding war for the George Barris’ original 1966 Batmobile , the same one used in the Adam West Batman TV series. In the end, however, his checkbook did all the talking to the tune of $4.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The winning bid price might seem steep, but given the kind of car the ’66 Batmobile is, we presume that it was worth every last penny from Champagne’s bank account.

With the classic movie car now belonging to him, Champagne only becomes the second owner of the Batmobile after Barris, the same man who famously built the Batmobile in only 15 days in time for it to be used in the Batman TV series. On top of the car itself, Champagne also went home with number of memorabilia and documentation from Barris’ own personal collection.

Not a bad haul for Mr. Champagne!

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

With our sincerest apologies to the SRT Viper , you sir, have just been trumped big time. When the first production Viper sold for $300,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Orange Country last June, we thought that the figure was pretty impressive.

Turns out, it didn’t even get to sniff a third of the winning bid price the first production Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray received over the weekend at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale.

$1.1 million was the winning bid for the Corvette C7 Stingray, proving without any hint of a doubt just how popular this American supercar has become since it made its debut a week ago at the Detroit Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, the winning bidder came from someone who knows a thing or two about Corvettes: NASCAR team owner and Corvette collector Richard Hendrick.

Proceeds from Hendrick’s...uhmm...generosity will go to a worthy cause, as the money will benefit the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, which is acclaimed in the U.S. for its outstanding automotive design program.

Big congratulations to Richard Hendrick for scooping up the first production Corvette C7 Stingray. Not only did he prove his worth as a serious Corvette collector, but more importantly, he’s sending his money to a school that will need the funds to develop the future of this industry.

Chevrolet COPO Camaro Convertible

It’s only one of two COPO Camaro Convertible models in existence and the other one is sitting pretty at the GM Heritage Center so don’t bank on that hitting dealerships anytime soon.

So it’s pretty understandable that the COPO Camaro Convertible that hit the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale over the weekend fetched $400,000. The winning bid may be a surprise to some people, but in reality, it isn’t. Apart from the obvious exclusivity, this muscle car is also primed to perform, carrying a 327-cubic-inch engine and 4.0-liter supercharger that produces 550 horsepower.

Most importantly, proceeds from the sale of the COPO Camaro Convertible will go to the American Heart Association. We can’t imagine a better way to part with $400,000 than to use it to acquire a real two-off muscle car. He gets the car and the money he spent goes to a worthy charity that will undoubtedly have plenty of use for it.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

It’s been rumored that the first production Corvette C7 Stingray will hit the auction block similar to what happened to the #001 SRT Viper about a year ago.

Now you can put all those rumors to rest because it’s been confirmed that General Motors will indeed auction off the first production model of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction this weekend.

As is always the case with an auction like this, proceeds from the Corvette Stingray auction will go to a worthy cause, which in this case will be to Detroit’s College for Creative Studies.

In addition to the all-new `Vette, Chevrolet’s auction list also includes the 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible , which we first saw at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Proceeds from that sale will go to the American Heart Association. Guy Fieri’s 2013 Corvette 427 Collector Edition will also be on hand, of which proceeds from the sale will go to the Guy Fieri Foundation.

Last but not least is the 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible and the proceeds of that sale will benefit Achilles International.

Okay, if you have ever wanted to own a Ferrari Enzo , but just don’t have the $1 million, or more, in the bank needed to procure one, you may consider a kit car as a viable option. Well, kit cars, for the most part, share little with the car they are designed after and are typically powered by an engine that isn’t going to get you anywhere fast (See: Fieraris).

Sometimes, however, you come across a kit car that is about as close as you can get to the original at a relative bargain and we have one for you now. Straight off of the German subsite of Ebay (Ebay.de), we have a BFE-AE 750 – an Enzo lookalike – that also packs quite a punch with its 5.0-liter V-12 BMW engine that cranks out 400 horsepower and 500 Nm (368 pound-feet) of torque. Sure, that’s a far cry from the 660 horsepower and 657 pound-feet of torque the original Enzo made, but that’s enough to fool most people into believing.

Where this kit car really will fool people is from the outside, as it is literally identical to the Enzo, from a distance. The only flaws we can make out is the shape of the rear window and that the bodylines on the nose don’t quite match up to the body. It even has the Ferrari badges, which the poster wisely blacked out to avoid issues from German authorities that like to impound illegal kit cars .

Now, it loses us once you get inside, as you just cannot replicate the Enzo’s interior that closely. But, unless the person riding is lucky enough to have been inside a real Enzo (I sure haven’t) he would have no idea what it’s supposed to look like.

What really puts this over the top is that its current bid is only at €40,043.33 (about $52,800 at the current rates). The reserve hasn’t been met yet, but that number looks pretty promising that this may be a steal.

So hop to it if you’re in the market for a pretty sick kit car that actually has some cajones under the hood.

Source: Ebay.de
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Chevrolet Corvette

Folks who are eagerly waiting for the Chevrolet Corvette C7 , with signed checkbooks in hand, you’re in luck, provided you’re ready to fight for it....

If reports are to be believed, GM will auction the very first example of the production ready ’Vette C7 that will roll-out out of Chevy’s factory. A similar move was also made by SRT when they auctioned the first production ready Viper GTS for $300,000. That’s $200,000 more than the list price but, given the status of owning the very first example, $300,000 isn’t a big deal.

Apart from the lot number, there aren’t any details on the anticipated supercar. The lot shows "Chevrolet" with an advert that says “Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Chevy history? This may be your chance! A special Chevrolet model will be revealed during the auction where bidders will have the opportunity to take home this one-of-a-kind vehicle".

The auction of this car will take place at January 19th, 2013 at Scottsdale, Arizona. All the proceeds of this auction will be donated to charity.

With the launch of the hotly anticipated Corvette C7 inching closer, people who are already impatient to own one and are ready to start hurling expensive checks, do visit the link below and register for the auction.


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